Epidermal parasitic skin diseases: a neglected category of poverty-associated plagues.

@article{Feldmeier2009EpidermalPS,
  title={Epidermal parasitic skin diseases: a neglected category of poverty-associated plagues.},
  author={Hermann Feldmeier and Jorg Heukelbach},
  journal={Bulletin of the World Health Organization},
  year={2009},
  volume={87 2},
  pages={152-9}
}
Epidermal parasitic skin diseases (EPSD) are a heterogeneous category of infectious diseases in which parasite-host interactions are confined to the upper layer of the skin. The six major EPSD are scabies, pediculosis (capitis, corporis and pubis), tungiasis and hookworm-related cutaneous larva migrans. We summarize the current knowledge on EPSD and show that these diseases are widespread, polyparasitism is common, and significant primary and secondary morbidity occurs. We show that poverty… CONTINUE READING

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